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Fish Tales: Record-Size Catches in Kentucky

By    |   Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 07:56 PM

When fishing in Kentucky, there are three popular reasons anglers set out on the lakes, rivers, and reservoirs in the state. The first reason is to catch and bring home food. The second is that fishing is one of the most relaxing hobbies in the world. The third is fishing for sport, and for those fishermen, the goal is to come home with the biggest catch.

Here are some of the records set by anglers in Kentucky, according to StateRecordFish.com.

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1. Ancient Fish
There are four fish in the ancient fish category for Kentucky, including the bowfin, longnose gar, paddlefish, and sturgeon. The oldest record in this category is for a sturgeon caught in Corbin in 1954 that checked in at 36 pounds, eight ounces. The biggest fish overall here is the 106-pound paddlefish caught in Calvert City in 2004.

2. Bass
The official state fish is the Kentucky spotted bass, and the record for that specific species is 7 pounds, 10 ounces, caught 1970. The biggest largemouth bass in the state was caught in 1984 weighing 13 pounds, 10.4 ounces. Kentucky also holds the world record for the biggest smallmouth bass, caught in 1955 and weighing in at 11 pounds, 15 ounces. In 1985, an angler pulled in a 58-pound, 4-ounce striped bass, the largest bass fish of any species in the state. There was also a record set in 1991 for the hybrid striped bass, checking in at 20 pounds, 8 ounces.

3. Carp/Sucker
There are 16 different species of carp/sucker available when fishing in Kentucky. Of these, the Kentucky records range from 0.008 pounds for the blacknose dace up to 64 pounds for the bighead carp. The oldest record is for the common carp in 1971 at 54 pounds, 14 ounces, and the most recent was the bighead carp in 2010.

4. Catfish
Another state record from fishing in Kentucky is in the catfish category, as an angler caught a blue catfish in 1999 that weighed in at 104 pounds. Back in 1956, there was also a 97-pound flathead catfish pulled in.

5. Drum
The record for the drum came in 1980 with the freshwater drum. The fish weighed in at 38 pounds.

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6. Herring
There are two herring records in Kentucky. The first is the skipjack herring, which weighed 3.1 pounds, and the second was the gizzard shad at 4.08 pounds.

7. Mooneye
The record for the goldeye is 2 pounds, .64 ounces. That fish was caught in 2001 in Lexington.

8. Perch
There are five different species of perch in Kentucky. The records for these fall between 0.04 pounds for the logperch and 21 pounds, 8 ounces for the walleye.

9. Pike
There are six different pike records, with the largest being a muskellunge at 47 pounds in 2008.

10. Sunfish
There are eight species of sunfish with records set in Kentucky. They range from 13.28 ounces for a longear sunfish caught in 1994 up to a 4-pound, 14-ounce crappie from 2005.

11. Trout
Finally, there are four trout with records in the state. The biggest two are the brown trout, checking in at 21 pounds in 2000, and the rainbow trout from 1972, weighing in at 14 pounds, 6 ounces.

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There are three popular reasons anglers go fishing in Kentucky. The first is to catch and bring home food. The second is that fishing is one of the most relaxing hobbies in the world. The third is fishing for sport, and for those fishermen, the goal is to come home with the biggest catch.
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